Best way to crack IBPS SO 2019 Prelims


The IBPS SO 2019 examination will be conducted in the paper-based mode and computer-based mode on 8 December 2019 and 14 December 2019. With 1599 vacancies for IBPS SO 2019, all the candidates work hard to get through 6 different work profiles by IBPS SO. For the Common Written Exam (CWE) with the vast IBPS SO syllabus and limited time in hand, every candidate wishes to utilize the allocated time wisely.


As the examination is conducted in three phases viz. Prelims, Mains and Interview, the first step of cracking the Prelims is extremely vital. Let’s take a look at the correct approach of utilizing the time efficiently in the examination hall and get through the next round.



The paper pattern for Law Officer and Rajyasabha Adhikari includes General Awareness sections whereas in the paper pattern for the post of IT Officer, Agriculture Field Officer, HR/ Personnel Officer and Marketing Officer includes the Quantitative Aptitude section.


Click here to take a look at the complete IBPS  SO 2019 Paper Pattern.


Books to refer for IBPS SO 2019:


As the IBPS SO Prelims examination is just a qualifier exam to get through the first stage, the candidates should primarily focus on clearing the cut-off. Here is a list of some important books for all the four sections according to the IBPS SO Syllabus that will be helpful for the candidates.






A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition

R. S. Aggrawal

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations

R. S. Aggrawal

Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude Test

N. K. Singh

General English

Objective English for Competitive Examinations

Hari Mohan Prasad, Uma Rani Sinha

General English

Objective General English 22nd Edition

R. S. Aggrawal, Vikas Aggrawal


IBPS SO English Language Plan:


In the English section of IBPS SO Prelims which is usually marked as a moderate one, candidates should be well-versed with reading and practising various reading comprehensions and have a good command over vocabulary. This can help you in maximizing your chances for clearing this section.



No. of Questions Expected

Reading Comprehension

10 -15 Questions

Para jumbled Sentences

2- 5 Questions

Error Spotting and Correction

5 - 10 Questions

Cloze Test 

5 - 10 Questions


5 - 10 Questions

IBPS SO Logical Reasoning Plan:


In the Logical Reasoning section of IBPS S0 2019, thorough practice for various topics included depending on the number of questions asked should always be carried out. Choosing online platforms like Eduwhere to attempt mock tests with the complete look and feel of an examination can help in better performance on the D-day. 


Let’s take a look at the number of questions from various topics of IBPS SO 2019 Logical Reasoning section. 



No of Questions Expected

Blood Relations

3 - 5 Questions


3 - 5 Questions

Data Sufficiency

3 - 5 Questions

Order and Ranking

3 - 6 Questions

Coding and decoding

5 - 10 Questions


5 - 10 Questions


2 - 5 Questions

IBPS SO Quantitative Aptitude Plan:


The best test of your accuracy and speed is monitored from the IBPS SO Quant section. With a total of 50 questions and the sectional cut-off for this, noting down all the important formulas and not just revising but practising the same can help in clearing this section.



No of Questions Expected

Data Interpretation

12 - 15 Questions


2 - 5 Questions


5 - 7 Questions

Number Series

5 -7 Questions

Other Topics

13 - 15 Questions



IBPS SO General Awareness Plan:


The General Awareness section specific for Law and Rajyasabha Adhikari is a vast section and required lots of reading and staying updated with the current affairs. So read and gain as much knowledge as possible.



No of Questions Expected

Static General Knowledge

5 - 10 Questions


5 - 6 Questions

Banking & Financial Awareness

17 - 20 Questions

Current Affairs

7 - 10 Questions



Depending on the number of questions asked and your stronger areas, one should come up with a strategy regarding the complete order of solving problems and follow the same.


Team Eduwhere wishes you good luck for the upcoming IBPS SO examination.